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Community Events

● Exhibition Aho H¯ına¯tore with paintings by Jordyn Daniels from now until Sunday, July 17 at Hamilton’s The Meteor Inspired by atua wāhine, this show celebrates the divine light of feminine essence and creation. Through a mana wāhine lens, we see courage, transformation, diversity and control over destiny. Jordyn Daniels reimagines pūrākau (mythical tales) from her perspective, giving expression and dimension to both the her-stories portrayed, and each atua contained. Free event. For more information visit The Meteor’s website. ● Self-guided Star Walk, from now to July 17, 24/7 Enjoy making your way around the 30-minute self-guided Star Walk trail in the central city, where you can discover the legend of Matariki and her six children. Each location tells the legend of one of the stars, providing a QR code to scan and view the Star Walk map. Star Walk will be available at the following locations: The Meteor Theatre, Waikato Museum, Skycity Hamilton, Mr. Pickles Bar & Eatery, Hamilton Central Business Association, Hamilton City Library and Centre Place. ● Follow the Stars Scavenger Hunt, from now until July 16 at the Hamilton Zoo Follow the seven stars positioned around the zoo. Learn about the Matariki constellation as you locate each star and be in to win a Hamilton Zoo family annual pass. One winner will be drawn each week over Matariki. Zoo admission applies. ● Stars for Health art exhibition running from now until July 21, at Norris Ward & Mckinnon Gallery, 2 Seddon Rd Sparkling Stars is an exhibition of handmade stars from the artists of Arts for Health in the Norris Ward & Mckinnon Gallery. Themed around Matariki, each star is a personal statement of celebration and achievement. ● Matariki viewing, on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 5.30am at the Hamilton Observatory ● Matariki at the Zoo special event, on Friday, June 24, from 11am to 3pm (Zoo is open from 9.30am to 4pm), Hamilton Zoo Enjoy the official public holiday with your whā nau at the zoo! Flax weaving and special entertainment including Scotty Stone Music and living statues. Zoo admission applies. ● Matariki Ki Tokoroa minifestival on Friday, June 24 from 11am to 7pm in Tokoroa Tokoroa Business Inc in collaboration with Tatou Va have events for all ages throughout the day, including art walking tours and an open mic night. ● Family event Manawatia a Matariki, on June 24 from 4pm to 8pm at the Hamilton Kirikiriroa Lake Stage Huihui mai! Come together to celebrate the rising of the star cluster Matariki with a night of music, kapa haka, lights, kids activities, food and fun. It’s free and for the whole family, so wrap up warm, bring your whā nau, friends, and something to sit on and join us at Hamilton Lake. Featuring performances by local musicians, kapa haka group Te Pouo-mangātawhiri and band Late 80s Mercedes. ● Matariki astronomy talk, Friday, June 24 at 7.30pm Richard Croy will hold a talk about Matariki. If weather permits, there is a chance to do some observing. Please note Matariki is not visible in the evening. Bookings only. Tickets are available from the observatory’s website. ● Spot the Matariki Constellation from June 24 to June 26 at the Hamilton Zoo To celebrate Matariki, images of the constellation will be hidden around Hamilton Zoo. Guests will pick up a scavenger hunt form from the zoo admissions team and then navigate their way around the zoo, following the constellations to different enclosures of our precious animals. Forms will go in the entry box as guests leave, with prizes including an annual family zoo pass, as well as single-day family admission passes. www.matarikiwaikato.nz/event/ spot-the-matarikiconstellation-hamiltonzoo-scavenger-hunt/ 2022-06-24/ ● Movie screenings between Friday, June 24 and Sunday, June 26 at Te Awamutu’s Regent Theatre. The theatre screens three special films for Matariki weekend 2022: Whetū Mārama, The Lion King Te Reo and Whina. ● Matariki drive-in movies at Hamilton’s Classics Museum on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 Night Flicks Outdoor Cinema and Drive-in Movies is marking the first Matariki public holiday by screening Daffodils (Friday) and Mad Max, Fury Road (Saturday) as drive-in movies at the Classic Museum. ● Matariki ki Waitomo events from Friday, June 24 to July 3 at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves Special events include a te reoimmersion glowworm cave tour, a bilingual glowworm cave tour, the Waitomo Art exhibition, a traditional medicine workshop and a Kaimahi for Nature talk (korero). Events culminate in a special evening on July 2 (4.30pm to 7.30pm). Head underground into the majestic Waitomo Glowworm Caves for an evening of music and dining to celebrate Matariki. After being welcomed into the caves with waiata and karakia, enjoy a delicious meal of boil-up, fried bread, steamed pudding and kawakawa tea, a special menu that pays tribute to Maori culture. Then the main concert begins. Be treated to the sounds of local singers and musicians in the stunning setting of ‘the cathedral’, famous for its acoustics, and embark on a one-of-a-kind tour through the glowworm caves at night. For more information visit the Discover Waitomo website. ● Paper Korowai art at Chartwell Library, on Saturday, June 25 from 11.30am to 12.30pm ● Hamilton Tree Planting on Saturday, June 25 from 10.30 am to 1.30pm at Waiwhakariki Natural Heritage Park, Hamilton A community-wide tree planting event. Bring a spade or shovel, gumboots, appropriate outdoor weather gear, some gardening gloves, water and a big smile. A light lunch will be served. Please bring your own plates, cutlery or mugs. ● 7 Days Live on June 25 at Claudelands Event Centre, Hamilton 7 Days on TV is pretty loose and real, but 7 Days Live on stage with no cameras, censors or editing - is a whole ‘nother level of uncut fun! See Jeremy Corbett, Dai Henwood, Justine Smith, Paul Ego, Ben Hurley, Mel Bracewell and the team on a stage right in front of you. Visit www.hlive. co.nz/events/7-days-live-4 ● Family Matariki Kite Day on Sunday, June 26 from 11am to 2.30pm at Turtle Lake Hill at the Hamilton Gardens This free event encourages families (whānau) to share lessons in kite making and flying manu tukutuku including Peter Lynn paper kites. Free face painting, sausage sizzles and soup available. There is also coffee and food available from the Gardens Cafe´ on site. A great event and a wonderful day out for the whānau. ● Hamilton Matariki Market on June 26, from 9am to 1pm at Fraser High, Hamilton West Māori crafts, arts, kai stalls and interactive Matariki activities. ● Waikato Wedding Expo on June 26 at the Hamilton Gardens Make the most of this special one-day event. It is a must-see event for soonto-weds and their wedding parties as it presents the newest ideas and latest styles in tying the knot. www.weddingexpo.net.nz